This Year’s Theme: Pursue
For many coaches and athletes, feelings of uncertainty, confusion, loss, and disappointment can seem like an undeniable reality. However, the truth is that our identity in Christ is greater than our identity in sports. It’s our confidence in Christ that wipes away any uncertainty of this world.
Much like we pursue our goals in sports, God does the same with us. He pursues us. He loves us and accepts us as we are. Success is no longer defined by our skills. With Him, we can leave the pressure of performance behind. With Him, we’re already a winner. His sacrifice for us gives us significance. We have a new purpose when we play. We can pursue the mission He has paved for us: a relationship with Him.
“Pursue righteousness and a godly life, along with faith, love, perseverance, and gentleness.”
(1 Timothy 6:11)
What’s the truth we want coaches and athletes to experience this year?
It’s important that we continue exercising the truth that our identity in Christ is greater than our identity in sports by pursuing Jesus and the calling that He has on our life for this next season. Our prayer is that coaches and athletes will move from a state of uncertainty to a position of confidence as a result of their pursuit of Jesus.
Rather than pursuing material things that won’t last, it’s important to pursue the ultimate truth that can only be found in the Gospel of Jesus Christ. We can be in pursuit of that truth by reading Scripture, praying, and desiring accountability with other believers.
It’s important to not be consumed with unhealthy motivations that drive you into meaningless pursuits. If we open our heart to God and allow Him to examine it, we will find ourselves in a position of surrender that will help us pursue the rich and satisfying life that can be found in a relationship with Jesus Christ.
Part of taking the next step in your faith journey is to realize that we can’t go it alone. We need a righteous and encouraging team to do life with!
God has a specific calling on each of our lives. It’s important to begin to pursue our mission and start walking in the fullness of what God has laid out for us to do.
Inspiration and Perspiration
FCA Camps are a time of “inspiration and perspiration” for athletes and coaches to reach their potential by offering comprehensive athletic, spiritual, and leadership training. FCA organizes hundreds of camps for tens of thousands of teens each summer. Camps are mountain top experiences that allow our young people to unplug for a few days, quiet themselves, and hear God.
There are camp offerings for specific sports, teams, coaches, and leadership and South Coastal FCA helped provide scholarships and send 120 students and coaches to camps last summer. Our goal for this summer is 250. Those students and coaches attending summer camps help to energize our campus ministry as the school year starts.
“Jesus came and told his disciples, “I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth. Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”